Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The American people are extremely concerned about recent turmoil in the nation’s economy, including the dramatic events of last week.
Congress must not adjourn until it addresses this situation.
The House and Senate should commit to staying in session until we get this right for the American public. There should be no talk about going home to campaign until we straighten out this mess.
Due Diligence: we must protect the hard-earned assets of the American public.
My position is that Congress should make it a priority to protect the assets of the American people. We should not be stampeded into taking rash action six weeks before an election. We must insist on due diligence at every step of the process. Thus, we should not approve any bailout without insisting on reforms. This is especially important to those of us who opposed the various pieces of legislation that created this irresponsible, high-risk behavior in the financial markets.
Prudence: No reforms = no money for the bailout.
I do not believe that Congress should bail out large financial institutions on Wall Street, especially without adequate protection for the average person. We need to help Main Street, not just Wall Street. Read more.
1. The Sec. of Treasury can violate all statutes with impunity, & no one can sue.
2. Even if you prove a constitutional violation in court, Congress stays any order in your favor PROVING A CONSTITUTIONAL VIOLATION until the secretary is done appealing -- or doesn't want the stay.
3. So, in effect, after you take a Constitutional whipping for months or years in appellate courts, and if you finally win in the trial court and the final court of appeal, you will get no money -- just an equitable order for the Secretary to stop violating your CONSTITUTIONAL rights (an equitable injunction).
4. But, even then, he can always keep on violating your statutory rights, forever.
As a practical matter, Congress is staying, or stopping actions even where constitutional violations are PROVEN. In fact, that's the ONLY time the stay in section 4 below applies, and only Constitutional claims are allowed.
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Bush was never a conservative. He's the guy responsible for blowing up the movement. Michael Tanner, Cato Institute, NY Times, Sept. 28
There is a bailout bill on the table. The American people can stop it by flooding DC with phone calls and emails. It is not inevitable that America becomes a socialist nation. I contacted my congressman, please contact yours. And forward this email to as many people as possible so it can be forwarded until a few million calls are made tonight and tomorrow so we can stop the coup that is in the works. If you don't know who your congressman is you can find out here: www.House.Gov.
We should have nothing but contempt for the Republicans that signed on to this bill and want to be "bipartisan." You know the definition of bipartisan...government gets bigger and bigger and bigger. Is that why we should vote for the Republicans? So they can be bipartisan?
Let's make history that would make the Founders proud and read my most recent article below about The Paulson Sovereign Wealth Fund.
Murray Sabrin, Ph.D.
The Bailout by Murray Sabrin, Ph.D
Why do the political and financial elites want a federal government bailout--“rescue”--of failing financial institutions? They want to preserve fiat money and the fractional reserve banking system. Without government protection, the market would rid the system of paper money and a fractional reserve banking system. The market relies on freedom and property rights to function properly so prosperity can be created the old fashioned way, via savings and investment. Instead, the elites want the current financial and monetary system to perpetuate the welfare-warfare state, welfare for as many people as possible so they will continue to support big government. And of course the elites want as much military spending as possible to funnel money into the military-industrial complex, the welfare sector for the politically well connected companies, consulting firms and individuals.
Take away the federal government's ability to print money and the banking system's leveraging of newly created dollars which are injected into the economy to stimulate production and consumption, and society would have to rely on real savings and capital instead of the Fed's legalized counterfeiting.
The sides are drawn as clearly as possible, Main Street versus the elites. So far, we have not heard one billionaire criticize the planned bailout. They are all on board with the greatest scam in history. Main Street is showing its muscle. Whether it will be enough remains to be seen.
I urge you and everyone you know to call your congressman today to stop this scam.
I called my congressman, Democrat Steve Rothman, yesterday to discuss the bailout. I had sent an email to one of his staffers who replied Steve is against the bailout. A few hundred thousand emails, telephone calls, etc., can stop the bailout, and we can then begin to rebuild a free society. It's up to all of us to become the American Revolutionaries of the 21st century.
For an outstanding list of articles about the bailout, see The Bailout Reader, http://mises.org/story/3128.
The Presidential Debate
John McCain looked old, sounded boring and did not look he was the occupant of the Oval Office. In short, he looked and sounded like a political hack. Barack Obama was smooth, articulate and looked presidential. Not once during the debate did McCain or Obama mention the Federal Reserve, paper money, fractional banking. In short, their handlers have them on a very short leash.
On the issues Jim Ostrowski summed it up best last night on the www.lewrockwell.com blog:
McBama favors the Billionaire Bailout.
McBama won't say what programs have to be cut to pay for the Billionaire Bailout.
McBama thinks "we should never hesitate to use military force."
McBama wants to escalate the other unwinnable "land war in Asia" (Afghanistan).
McBama is not sure about whether to start a third unwinnable land war in Asia, against nuclear power Pakistan.
McBama would go to war against Iran for the sake of Israel if necessary. He is not sure if he wants to talk with the Iranians before bombing them.
McBama thinks that Russia is the villain in Georgia.
And the winner of the debate is: Ron Paul, who said recently that there's not a dime's worth of difference between the two parties.
For lovers of liberty, the election is a real bummer. The political and financial elites will win no matter who is elected president, because he will maintain the status quo--paper money, fractional reserve banking and the military-industrial complex. The guaranteed loser in November--the vast majority of the American people who earn their living 9-5 the old fashioned way, honestly.
Have a healthy and Happy Rosh Hashanah.
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Received from "Barry" this am:
Rep. Dennis Kucinich has gotten pretty salty in his denunciations of the bailout. Most remarkable is his reference to fractional reserves. Below is a link to the transcript of his comments on Democracy Now yesterday and that is a three graf extract. Note the second graf.
* REP. DENNIS KUCINICH: Well, this is really a fundamental issue in our society. Again, it’s all about how the wealth accelerates to the top and how work is not respected or rewarded for its own intrinsic value. We’ve really moved, you know. We’ve made a transition in our economy from industrial capitalism to finance capitalism. And with this debt-based economy that we have, where we keep—this public and private debt keeps exploding, as it has under—as it did under Alan Greenspan, quadrupling in a period of twenty years, we see ourselves in a position where the debt just keeps building and building and building, and we’re calling that economic progress. It is not.
* We need to challenge again the underlying assumptions about a debt-based economy, about whether or not we should revisit the 1913 Federal Reserve Act, which has an unfortunately privatized monetary system and created a system which includes banks having the ability to create money almost out of thin air with a fractional reserve. We have to look at the implications of that, maybe put the Federal Reserve under the Treasury and have the Treasury really be responsive to the interests of the American people and keeping the economy going.
* You know, we’re looking at the potential here for some positive changes, if we address them directly. But what this bill does, unfortunately, it just kind of helps things keep going until the next trillion-dollar crisis, which is coming in a few months when the Alt-A or jumbo mortgages, which are being reset in ’09 and 2010, will find their maximum financial stress on marketplaces. So I think that you have to realize that this—what we’re doing today is not going to forestall a recession, it is not going to solve the problem of a collapse of mortgages, it’s not going to help homeowners.
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Monday, September 29, 2008
“These were not your typical calls that were generated by special interest groups,” Mr. Miller, a Republican, said from his Washington office shortly after yesterday's vote. “This was Main Street America saying ‘No.' ”
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Board chairman Ben Bernanke badly misread the public and made things worse with their comments, Mr. Miller said."
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Tech itch Enron Life of SinS
This is the same crowd that brought us the $1.4+ Trillion Bailout. Call it "the Enronization of America."
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Manifesto of the Communist Party 1848
Of course, in the beginning, this cannot be effected except by means of despotic inroads on the rights of property, and on the conditions of bourgeois production; by means of measures, therefore, which appear economically insufficient and untenable, but which, in the course of the movement, outstrip themselves, necessitate further inroads upon the old social order, and are unavoidable as a means of entirely revolutionizing the mode of production.Not anymore!!!
28 May 2008
Giving up a U.S. passport will soon carry a steep price tag. A new law passed by the U.S. Congress and sent to the President will subject certain individuals who expatriate or give up their green cards to immediate tax on the inherent gain on all of their worldwide assets and a tax on future gifts or bequests made to a U.S. citizen or resident.
Tax practitioners had been made to feel like the boy who cried wolf in recent months as the U.S. Congress repeatedly threatened to enact legislation aimed at U.S. citizens who expatriate. Congress finally made good on those threats by unanimously passing the Heroes Earning Assistance and Relief Tax (HEART) Act (the ‘Act'), which provides tax relief for active duty military personnel and reservists.The new tax regime applies to certain individuals who relinquish their US citizenship and certain long-term U.S. residents (i.e., green card holders) who terminate their U.S. residence (hereafter referred to as ‘expatriates'). The so-called ‘mark-to-market' tax will apply to the net unrealized gain on the expatriate's worldwide assets as if such property were sold (the ‘deemed sale') for its fair market value on the day before the expatriation date. Any net gain on this deemed sale in excess of US$600,000 will be taxable. MORE HERE
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Citigroup to Buy Wachovia Banking Operations for a Share - Mergers, Acquisitions, Venture Capital, Hedge Funds -- DealBook - New York Times
Sunday, September 28, 2008
'I have run the numbers looking at the capacity of the industry to pay the tab,' Ely said during an interview at Institutional Risk Analytics.
'It's not going to be cheap, but the banks can handle it and clean up their own mess. The losses will feed back through the industry to depositors and borrowers in the form of lower rates on deposits and higher cost of loans.'"
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Everybody has their theory as to what is going on with the bailout, but everyone knows what the real deal is: this is a bailout for the Federal Reserve’s primary dealers- a.k.a., Wall Street. This plan is nothing less than the full-scale humiliation of the middle & working classes in addition to the non-financial sectors to support the transition of the primary dealers into full-scale banking monoliths.
Are things really that apocalyptic? I think that really depends whose perspective and timeframe you use. Without the primary dealers, the Fed loses an important set of intermediaries to influence and control the markets. The Treasury loses the most important set of players who make the secondary markets for US Government debt. In a way, it’s a big deal… for them.
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Friday, September 26, 2008
Assuming John McCain decides to show up for the presidential debate, it will take place tomorrow night at the University of Mississippi. (For the record, we think there are people out there who deserve to use delay tactics way more than McCain does. This guy, for example.)
But whenever the debate takes place, you're gonna need some sort of drinking game. The key to this one is to take a shot of Everclear and then do each of the following:
* Everytime a candidate mentions September 11th, prank-call Rudy Giuliani.
* Every time a candidate mentions the Arctic Wildlife Refuge, plunge a turkey baster into your ice cube tray.
* Every time a candidate promises to bring back blue collar jobs, call your customer service rep in Bangalore.
* Every time a candidate says "folks," threaten to foreclose on an Iowa farm unless the farmer's daughter "cooperates."
* Every time Barack Obama mentions his tax cuts for the middle class, gift-wrap a box of poo for your rich uncle.
* Every time McCain says "friends," call Lindsey Graham and say "I think he's talking about you!"
* Every time Obama pauses before the predicate of a sentence, go watch Star Trek: The Original Series to see how a pro does it.
* Every time Jim Lehrer says something boring, send yourself a "Celtic Thunder" tote bag.
* Every time McCain mentions "the Surge," drink a Red Bull. Every time he mentions "Red Bull," drink a Surge.
* Every time Obama strings together at least three fuzzy, liberal platitudes, cue up the episode of The West Wing where Mrs. Landingham dies.
* Every time McCain refers to his running mate, stand up, face Russia and finish whatever bottle is in front of you.
LET THE PRIVATE FED BUY BACK ITS OWN MORTGAGES
As you know the ultimate source of our currency is the Federal Reserve Bank. In as much as this quasi private bank creates all the national debt except the government created debt that it sells to private interests there is no reason why the ultimate creditor should not buy the failed mortgage securities instead of the American tax payer.
The FED can then itself sell the mortgages that it rehabilitates back into the private sector. This strategy relieves the tax payer of the burden that Wall Street, Secretary Paulson and Chairman Bernanke wants to create for all of us. The ultimate creditor, the Federal Reserve should be responsible for the debts it has created.
The described methodology is how the FED operates currently on a less grand scale. It buys and sells securities to control the money supply and stabilize the currency's value.
It would be heroic if you would field this strategy to a bipartisan group of Senators and Congressman.
Thank you for your service to us all.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Treasury Secretary Paulson has proposed that Congress advance $700 Billions to be directed to purchase mortgage backed assets intending to reactivate and prop up its frozen market.
There appears to me a fundamental problem with the sense of that proposal. Since the market is presently inactive – indeed “frozen” – and since the US firms active in trading mortgage backed assets are failing, the real possibility exist to simply take over and assume control of operations in exchange for infusion of equity for these firms which will make available the illiquid MBA’s for control and disposition by Paulson under the plan now being created. The cost of that plan should be far inferior to the plan being proposed and will place a much lighter burden on the American Taxpayer and the National finances while achieving the same results.
Now this idea is hardly novel. A “take over” was engineered very recently for Bear-Stearns costing some $29 Billions. And the same “take over” was implemented respecting Fanny May and Freddy Mac at a published cost of $100 Billions each. The Treasury and the Federal Reserve retained a significant control over asset derived from Bear Stearns management. And at the same time, the Secretary and Federal Reserve retained a significant control over Fanny and Freddy. Why could not a similar operation be made for each of the US firms which are under stress from an illiquid MBA market.
The result will be a far greater degree of control and at a much lower total cost to the taxpayer and the US Treasury.
There is in this observation the implication that the real purpose of the $700 Billions is not the outright purchase of illiquid assets from US Firms under stress but rather the re-purchase of fraudulent assets purchased and now held by foreign banks who are demanding to be made whole after being defrauded in their purchase of American backed securities which turn out to be worthless having no collateral mortgage assets whatsoever to back up the investment made in good faith. If that is the case, and it appears likely, then in that event, the $700 Billions is merely a down payment for the problem which will buy enough time for George Bush to vacate the office of Presidency on 20 January 09 leaving the mess for the next president to clean up.
Supporting this macabre perception is the fact that the proposal submitted by Paulson and the Bush Administration calls for a complete autonomy in terms of expenditure without review by any source including the courts. This kind of sweeping authority was previously employed by the Bush Administration in the run up to invasion of Iraq which after 6 years of costly warfare and more than 4200 American deaths plus over 100,000 Iraqi civilian deaths, we now know was a fraud on the American People. Additionally, and without recitation here, the Bush Administration’s habit in this regard is well known to be repeated in several other examples. Thus confidence in this matter should be replaced with a considerable skepticism as to motive and use of the funds and the hurry up conditions under which the proposal had been submitted. Further, the timing of Paulson’s proposal coincides with the coming Congressional recess scheduled for this Friday. All of these circumstances carry the clear implication that the sweeping proposal, the timing of its submission and the hurry up attitude carried with the proposal leads one to conclude a contrivance and a ruse to obtain extraordinary amount of Public Funds under conditions which are untoward and outrightly dangerous to the Nation.
Alternatively, could it be that the worlds Central Banks and/or nations have formed a coalition which have collectively delivered an ultimatum to Paulson and Bush to be made whole on the fraud which has been heaped upon them by Wall Street while the administration turned a blind eye to regulatory oversight of the financial and securities markets. Extreme skepticism therefore is in order.
Joseph Dale Robertson
Note: Be sure to read Fiat Money Inflation In France
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Greetings Brother & Sister American:
I hope that this correspondence finds you in good health. Circumstances beyond our wildest expectations have necessitated my contacting you directly.
First, I must solicit your strictest confidence in this transaction .This by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and 'top secret'.
I have it upon very good authority that you are a trusting, banal good citizen who supports your country, flag and troops. I have been assured in confidence of your ability and reliability to prosecute a transaction of great magnitude involving a pending business transaction requiring maximum confidence.
I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude.
I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country has had crisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds of 800 billion dollars US. If you would assist me in this transfer, it would be most profitable to you.
I am working with Mr. Phil Gram, lobbyist for UBS, who will be my replacement as Ministry of the Treasury in January. As a Senator, you may know him as the leader of the American banking deregulation movement in the 1990s. This transaction is 100% safe.
This is a matter of great urgency. We need a blank check. We need the funds as quickly as possible. We cannot directly transfer these funds in the names of our close friends because we are constantly under surveillance. My family lawyer advised me that I should look for a reliable and trustworthy person who will act as a next of kin so the funds can be transferred.
Please reply with all of your bank account, IRA and college fund account numbers and those of your children and grandchildren to wallstreetbailout@... so that we may transfer your commission for this transaction. After I receive that information, I will respond with detailed information about safeguards that will be used to protect the funds.
God Bless You.
In God we trust!
Minister of Treasury Paulson
Henry Merritt "Hank" Paulson Jr. is the United States Treasury Secretary and member of the International Monetary Fund Board of Governors. He previously served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
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The story starts in 1996 when Davet was given a foreclosure notice on his house in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. It was a spacious house with six bedrooms. Richard Davet was not like others to accept fate and move on to a rented house. He decided to cross swords with NationsBanc Mortgage Corp. in court.
He turned the fight into a full time operation by going through books on law in the local library. He challenged the lawsuit and then overwhelmed the court with motions, objections and many affidavits. At every turn he appealed against the rulings of the judge. This won for him the bonus of living for eleven years free from mortgage payments in his own house."
It is unreasonable to vote for the financial services bail out. The alleged crisis has been in an ever accelerated burn for more than a year yet only now do we have an emergency? Please reject nationalizing institutional losses and the continued privatization of profits. I think a better use of our currency would be to provide immediate foreclosure protection and to allow the banks, finance firms and investment bankers to utterly fail. What are we saving with this bail out anyway? Vote against it.
Monday, September 22, 2008
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You may have noticed a change in Glenn Beck lately. It seems he has Peter Schiff and Ron Paul on regularly. Is he coming around to our way of thinking? It appears so. Listen to what he says here at 8:10 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cLJVXuQttk
"The Federal Reserve Bank, which is not a government institution. They have nothing to do with the federal government. It's a separate global banking system."
That's the first time anyone in the MSM has announced to the sleeping majority that the Fed is not governmental. The reason this is so important is because, Glenn Beck has essentially opened the door to the freedom movement - the Ron Paul Revolution! Now is our chance to step through that door and awaken the sleeping. The first person to step through should be G. Edward Griffin; the man who educated us all on the Federal Reserve.
Please send an email to Glenn and Stu asking them to bring Ed Griffin into their TV studio for an interview? Here is the email circulating:
COPY AND PASTE THE EMAIL BELOW AND SEND TO GLEN BECK
I was amazed that you told your audience, the other day, the truth about the Federal Reserve. Please check into Ed Griffin's book, "The Creature from Jekyll Island". It is the whole story about how the Federal Reserve came into being, and right now is the perfect time in history to blow the lid off the cover up of this banking cartel. There is no one better than G. Edward Griffin for this. The distinguished gentleman will surely make am impression
on your audience. He is the leading expert on the subject, and his book was ahead of its time - considering it's been out for years! Please invite him into your studio to discuss his book and this subject - please???
You could be a part of changing history. I believe once the people know the truth about who's been controlling our economic system, (private bankers- UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!!) they will finally have had enough! Let's do this!
[INSERT YOUR NAME]
SEND TO EMAIL ADDRESSES BELOW
Sunday, September 21, 2008
The 104-year-old Cubs fan who has wished for decades to throw out a ceremonial pitch at Wrigley Field had his wish granted by the Cubs Saturday."
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Saturday, September 20, 2008
Posted September 20th, 2008 by coloforpaul
I am unable to give credit to who wrote this but I have found it at several survival websites. It's about life in Argentina after the Economic Collapse and this persons thoughts on how he could have prepared better.
After you read it I'd be really intrested in your thoughts on the gold jewlery he talks about. Because his accounts are something I have been worried about if I had gold coins."
Thursday, September 18, 2008
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Sunday, September 14, 2008
!!Breaking!! Lehman Bros Insolvent by Monday, Financial Collapse to Follow.Posted September 14th, 2008 by UKLooney
Is this the start of events that RP eluded to? Seems like the big banks are bricking it...
Preparations are being made in case the US investment bank Lehman Brothers has to file for bankruptcy protection.
The firm was pushed to the brink on Sunday after UK bank Barclays pulled out of talks to buy most of Lehman.
If no new financing is found before Wall Street opens on Monday, Lehman will have to seek so-called Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
In the UK, accountancy firm PWC has been lined up to run the British operations of Lehman.
BBC business editor Robert Peston says Barclays' decision to walk away from a Lehman deal was a huge setback for the effort to rescue the fourth-largest investment bank in the United States.
A source close to the talks told the BBC that Barclays was unlikely to change its mind.
Barclays terminated the negotiations because it was unable to obtain guarantees in relation to financial commitments faced by Lehman when markets open on Monday.
Bad bank, good bank
The rescue effort for Lehman is being coordinated by the US Treasury and the New York Federal Reserve.
The US government had hoped to arrange a bailout under which other US investments banks - such as Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs - would finance a "bad bank" that would hold the most "toxic" investments of Lehman in the property and mortgage market.
The "good bank" or rest of the firm, including its investment and wealth management arms, would then be sold to another financial institution, for example Bank of America or the UK's Barclays.
Although such a deal would have cost the other investment banks millions, it might have restored confidence in the sector and avoided a sharp drop in the share price of all banks.
However, it appears that this plan is falling apart.
"The only thing that can prevent Lehman collapsing would be a huge injection of taxpayers' money," a banker close to the talks told the BBC.
"In the light of the credit crunch and the parlous state of financial markets, Barclays feels it would be running a crazy risk if it took on [Lehman's obligations] without any protection right now," says our business editor.
Bank of America, meanwhile, is said to be unconvinced that buying Lehman would be in the interest of its shareholders.
'Too difficult to value'
"No other large firm should buy Lehman whole - its toxic real estate and securities are too difficult to value," said Professor Peter Morici of the business school of the University of Maryland.
"Only a fool would think he could fairly assess their value, unless those are assigned them a value of zero," he added.
Lehman is up for sale after it reported a $3.9bn (£2.2bn) quarterly loss last week amid concerns over its long term financial viability.
The firm's share price has plummeted as fears over its future have mounted.
Unless a bailout deal can be arranged and another large bank steps up to buy the good bits of Lehman, the US firm will have to file for bankruptcy protection.
Ford's Fiesta ECOnetic gets an astonishing 65 mpg, but the carmaker can't afford to sell it in the U.S.
The ECOnetic will go on sale in Europe in Novemberby David Kiley
September 15, 2008
If ever there was a car made for the times, this would seem to be it: a sporty subcompact that seats five, offers a navigation system, and gets a whopping 65 miles to the gallon. Oh yes, and the car is made by Ford Motor (F), known widely for lumbering gas hogs. Read more.
Pollyanna Creep is a phrase that originated with John Williams, a California-based economic analyst and statistician. It describes the way the US Government and affiliated agencies have modified the way important economic measures are calculated with the purpose of giving a better impression of economic development. This is a clear reference, in a sarcastic way, to Pollyanna's proverbial optimism. John Williams and other economic annalists, such as Kevin P. Phillips argue the such manipulations distort the perception of electors and economic actors and have ill effects on political and investment decisions.
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You would have thought they would have learned the first time with the "green screen" and Colbert's green screen challenge...which is now winding down, http://www.comedycentral.com/colbertreport/videos.jhtml?videoId=180279 , to make way for Colbert's new McBush challenge http://www.colbertnation.com/
HOWEVER, to have McBush's acceptance speech in front of a mostly blue screen (remember they were blue screens before they were green screens) is reaching new heights of techno-illiteracy. Here is one of the first non-Colbert "Barack Rolls." Enjoy!
And Democans, don't worry your statist little heads either. I am sure some Republicrat is out there doing the same to Barack O'Kerry.
John McBush is "Barack Rolled"...Again!
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Friday, September 5, 2008
A wonderful articulation of why poLice ARE the problem in this country. Men and women who sell their souls and humanity to a ruthless state. PoLice must be held accountable for their crimes against humanity. If the city, county, state and courts won't do it, then it is up to fledgling freedom fighters to do ala the Irish Revolution. (see The Michael Collins Gambit )
From The Distributed Republic http://distributedrepublic.net/
The Terror State Is Built With Many Hands
Submitted by Randall McElroy iii on Wed, 2008-09-03 19:12.
Tyrants are not directly responsible for what goes in under their rule. Certainly they're to blame for setting the terror in motion, but it takes thousands or millions of underlings to really turn a regular country into a terror state. Adolf Hitler did not personally gas and starve millions in the early 1940s, nor did Stalin or Mao personally shoot, starve, and otherwise eradicate tens of millions of people whose interests they were allegedly representing.
Watching videos of police brutality and reading stories of dozens more every week is seriously depressing. U.S. presidents have encouraged the mindset that makes this possible, but the individual police officers who brutalize and kill people are just as much a part of the problem. Lately the blogosphere has been highlighting police brutality at the RNC protests, another fine example of how a great many individual decisions by state henchmen ruin a country. I am sure George Bush, Dick Cheney, Nancy Pelosi, and all the others of the state apparatus--as well as their "private" friends in other state-allied positions--are perfectly fine with what's happening; if they were in the riot gear, they'd be the ones pulling the triggers, tightening the cuffs, and swinging the truncheons. But they're not, and they leave these decisions up to a willing multitude of police departments.
That murderer is not Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, or any of the other names you might have heard. That's a young man. As far as I know, he disappears from history after this photograph. Hitler is only indirectly responsible for the kneeling man's murder. That young man is the actual murderer.
We ought to be blaming Bush for the crimes that happen on his watch, just like we should have blamed Clinton, Nixon, and the others before them. But to let the actual agents of terror off the hook is a serious moral error.
It's a tragically flawed example, but it might help to remember that the Irish Revolution was successful largely because the population grew more and more sympathetic to the revolutionaries' aims. But as far as actual strategies, the boycott of the Royal Irish Constabulary was critical. The English-allied police eventually found themselves unable even to buy groceries from ordinary citizens. Enlistment in the RIC plunged to zero in just a few years.
This requires a radical reconsideration of the role of the police to work, I know, and here in the U.S. the police aren't seen as collaborationists with a hostile foreign occupation. But if we remember the Last Jew of Vinnitsa and his killer when we watch the news, the constant stream of police brutality, abuse, and consequence-free killing, we'll be halfway there.
the fundamentalist religious right have become warmongering fascists.
By fitting most of the 14 characteristics of Fascism, they have become the enemies of life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, peace and reason. It has happened before and, unless their fascist tendencies are confronted and repudiated, it will happen again!
"Just as a man's denominational orientation is the result of upbringing, and only the religious need as such slumbers in his soul, the political opinion of the masses represents nothing but the final result of an incredibly tenacious and thorough manipulation of their mind and soul." -Adolf Hitler (Mein Kampf) from Hitler's Christian Beliefs and Fanaticism
By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer Wed Sep 3, 7:23 PM ET
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told ministry students at her former church that the United States sent troops to fight in the Iraq war on a "task that is from God."
In an address last June, the Republican natural gas pipeline in the state, calling it "God's will."also urged ministry students to pray for a plan to build a $30 billion
Palin asked the students to pray for the troops in Iraq, and noted that her eldest son, Track, was expected to be deployed there.
"Our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God," she said. "That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that plan is God's plan."
A video of the speech was posted at the Wasilla Ass. of God's Web site before finding its way on to other sites on the Internet.
Palin told graduating students of the church's School of Ministry, "What I need to do is strike a deal with you guys." As they preached the love of Jesus throughout Alaska, she said, she'd work to implement God's will from the governor's office, including creating jobs by building a pipeline to bring North Slope natural gas to North American markets.
"God's will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that," she said.
"I can do my job there in developing our natural resources and doing things like getting the roads paved and making sure our troopers have their cop cars and their uniforms and their guns, and making sure our public schools are funded," she added. "But really all of that stuff doesn't do any good if the people of Alaska's heart isn't right with God."
Palin attended the evangelical church from the time she was a teenager until 2002, the church said in a statement posted on its Web site. She has continued to attend special conferences and meetings there. Religious conservatives have welcomed her selection as John McCain's running mate.
, a spokesman for , lamented Palin's comments.
"I miss the days when pastors delivered sermons and politicians delivered political speeches," he said. "The United States is increasingly diverse religiously. The job of a president is to unify all those different people and bring them together around policy goals, not to act as a kind of national pastor and bring people to God."
The section of the church's Web site where videos of past sermons were posted was shut down Wednesday, and a message was posted saying that the site "was never intended to handle the traffic it has received in the last few days."
On the Net: Wasilla Ass. of God
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Ok folks here it is. 1 book and 2 articles about why most people are sheeple and the masses are asses!Take the time to download, read and absorb. You will be giving yourself an education that explains the ongoing "The Emperor Has New Clothes" mentality gripping the nation.
(1) Bob Altemeyer's - The Authoritarians
"OK, what’s this book about? It’s about what’s happened to the American government lately. It’s about the disastrous decisions that government has made. It’s about the corruption that rotted the Congress. It’s about how traditional conservatism has nearly been destroyed by authoritarianism. It’s about how the “Religious Right” teamed up with amoral authoritarian leaders to push its un-democratic agenda onto the country. It’s about the United States standing at the crossroads as the next federal election approaches.
“Well,” you might be thinking, “I don’t believe any of this is true.” Or maybe you’re thinking, “What else is new? I’ve believed this for years.” Why should a conservative, moderate, or liberal bother with this book? Why should any Republican, Independent, or Democrat click the “Introduction” link on this page?
Because if you do, you’ll begin an easy-ride journey through some relevant scientific studies I have done on authoritarian personalities--one that will take you a heck of a lot less time than the decades it took me. Those studies have a direct bearing on all the topics mentioned above. So if you think the first paragraph is a lot of hokum, or full of half-truths, I invite you to look at the research.
For example, take the following statement: “Once our government leaders and the authorities condemn the dangerous elements in our society, it will be the duty of every patriotic citizen to help stomp out the rot that is poisoning our country from within.” Sounds like something Hitler would say, right? Want to guess how many politicians, how many lawmakers in the United States agreed with it? Want to guess what they had in common?
Or how about a government program that persecutes political parties, or minorities, or journalists the authorities do not like, by putting them in jail, even torturing and killing them. Nobody would approve of that, right? Guess again."
Persuasion & Brainwashing Techniques Being Used On The Public Today"In the entire history of man, no one has ever been brainwashed and realized, or believed, that he had been brainwashed. Those who have been brainwashed will usually passionately defend their manipulators, claiming they have simply been "shown the light" . . . or have been transformed in miraculous ways." -Dick Sutphen
(3) How Christan Mind Control Works
By John Blatt
Coercion is defined as, "to restrain or constrain by force..." Legally it often implies the use of PHYSICAL FORCE or physical or legal threat. This traditional concept of coercion is far better understood than the technological concepts of "coercive persuasion" which are effective restraining, impairing, or compelling through the gradual application of PSYCHOLOGICAL FORCES.
A coercive persuasion program - within Christianity it is called "The Gospel Persuasion" - is a behavioral change technology applied to cause the "learning" and "adoption" of a set of behaviors or an ideology under certain conditions.
It is distinguished from other forms of benign social learning or peaceful persuasion by the conditions under which it is conducted and by the techniques of environmental and interpersonal manipulation employed to suppress particular behaviors and to train others. Over time, coercive persuasion, a psychological force akin in some ways to our legal concepts of undue influence, is MORE effective than pain, torture, drugs, and use of physical force and legal threats.
The Korean War "Manchurian Candidate" misconception of the need for suggestibility-increasing drugs, and physical pain and torture, to effect thought reform, is generally associated with the old concepts and models of brainwashing. Today, they are not necessary for a coercive persuasion program to be effective. With drugs, physical pain, torture, or even a physically coercive threat, you can often temporarily make someone do something against their will. You can even make them do something they hate or they really did not like or want to do at the time. They do it, but their attitude is not changed. In Christianity this is called a "false conversion".
This is much different and far less devastating than that which you are able to achieve with coercive persuasion. With coercive persuasion you can change a person's will without their knowledge and volition. You can create new "attitudes" where they will do things willingly which they formerly may have detested, things which previously only torture, physical pain, or drugs could have coerced them to do. In effect, their desires change, their viewpoints change, and their feelings change through this Gospel persuasion. Most people have no idea of the depth of change that this type of persuasion can bring into a person, even changing them in "an instant". This seems impossible and that is a part of its strength and deceitfulness.
The extreme anxiety and emotional stress production technologies found in Gospel Coercive Persuasion supersede any physical style coercion that focuses on pain, torture, drugs, or threat in that these physical systems of coercion do not change an attitude so that subjects follow orders "willingly." Christian or Gospel Coercive Persuasion changes both attitude AND behavior, not JUST behavior.
Complete Article Here